Friday, June 18, 2010




Author: Mario Puzo

Genre: Fiction, Crime

Language: English

Pages: 316

Cost: 195 Rs.

Publisher: Rupa & Co.

First Published: 2000

Mario Puzo is a bestselling author, best known for creation of ‘Godfather’. His forte is crime and underworld. All his books are based on underworld in America run by Sicilian families. All the novels are of similar kind of characters, similar layouts; but in different situations and different story to tell. But I still love his books. “OMERTA” is no different from his other novels.

Omertà is a popular attitude and code of honor, common in areas of southern Italy, such as Sicily, Calabria, and Campania, where criminal organizations like the Mafia, and Camorra are strong. A common definition is the "code of silence". Omertà implies “the categorical prohibition of cooperation with state authorities or reliance on its services, even when one has been victim of a crime.

This book is a story of a Don who wants to retire from underworld and he wants his children and descendants to have no relations with the black world and lives happy and serene life in white one. But will other underworld families will allow it? Certainly not the Don was killed and his family was in danger too. How they come out of it unscathed and who cover up for them is the story of the book.

The book is entertainer like all Mario Puzo books. But there are no surprising elements in his books if you already read some of his work earlier. Still you can have good time reading them as the characters in his books are very intimidating, nothing less than superheroes without supernatural powers.

If I have to rate this book I will give it 8 out of 10. Don’t miss it, do read it.

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